Dec 24, 2012 6:00pm PST
. linda yee, cbs 5. >>> lawmakers take their christmas break without resolving the fiscal cliff problems. the millions of dollars in cuts bay area people face if a deal isn't reached. >>> two firefighters respond to a call and get kill bid an excon. why police call it a trap. >>> i am adrianna diaz. ,,,, well, well, well. growing up, we didn't have u-verse. we couldn't record four shows at the same time. in my day, you were lucky if you could record two shows. and if mom was recording her dumb show and dad was recording his dumb show then, by george, that's all we watched. and we liked it! today's kids got it so good. [ male announcer ] get u-verse tv with a total home dvr included free for life. only $29 a month for six months. >>> now at 6:30, president obama and speaker john boehner have one last thing to do before the new year, but will they get a deal together in time to avoid the fiscal cliff? as the leaders on capitol hill try to agree, locals say they are prepared to lose billions. >> locals are brace -- brace for the possibility of cuts. here is the story. >> this morning a smiling san pan mayor ed lee was one of t
Dec 28, 2012 6:00pm PST
cuts but at this point can we avoid the "fiscal cliff"? it is still possible but experts say with every passing hour it becomes more difficult. >> well, we're now at the last minute. the american people are not going to have any patience for a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. not right now. >> reporter: congressional leaders left the white house after trying to negotiate an 11th hour deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff" of tax hikes and spending cuts that begin on january 1. the president emerged shortly after admitting no deal had been reached at least not yet. >> we had a constructive meeting today. senators reid and mcconnell are discussing a potential agreement where we can get a bipartisan bill out of the senate over to the house and done in a timely fashion. >> reporter: the senate is in session today and is expected to return on sunday along with the house. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> reporter: but time is clearly running out
Dec 27, 2012 6:00pm PST
"fiscal cliff" crisis. it's coming down to the wire only five days until we tumble over that cliff. as cbs reporter danielle nottingham says progress is slow. president obama cut short his holiday vacation and returned to the white house to work on a deal to avoid the "fiscal cliff." before flying home from hawaii, the president called congressional leaders nancy pelosi, john boehner, mitch mcconnell and harry reid to reach agreements before tax hikes and spending cuts kick in january 1. >> we have been asking the president and the democrats to work with us on a bipartisan agreement for months. >> i don't know time wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: the senate majority leader wants house republicans to return from their vacations to approve a democratic senate plan that extends tax cuts for families making less than $250,000 a year. >> that's the only option that is viable escape route. >> reporter: but republican leaders say it's up to democrats who control the senate and white house to avert the "fiscal cliff." >> republicans aren't about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff.
Dec 31, 2012 6:00pm PST
the clock ticks toward midnight and the nation teeters on the edge of the so-called "fiscal cliff." >> let's pass the tax relief portion now. let's take what's been agreed to and get moving. >> reporter: the tentative deal would extend bush-era tax cuts for families making $450,000 a year and individuals making $400,000. it would also increase the taxes on estates worth more than $5 million and extend unemployment benefits for one year. president obama said he would have preferred a grand bargain that solved all of washington's revenue and spending problems. >> with this congress, that was obviously a little too much to hope for at this time. [ laughter ] >> it may be we can do it in stages. >> reporter: negotiations have been going on all day. lawmakers and aides moving back and forth between meeting rooms here on capitol hill on what is normally a quiet new year's eve. the major sticking upon the now is spending. the president suggested lawmakers make action on deficit reduction in the next few months and that more tax revenue could be involved in those discussions. but republicans are furious at that possibility. >> i'm willing to support revenues to deal with this problem. the overall problem. but what i will not grow to is using rev